It has been a good week so far for Blackburn Rovers.
Back to back wins at home to Barnsley and Brentford have seen Tony Mowbray’s side climb to 13th in the Championship table, and moved them to within six points of the play-off places.
Next up for the Lancashire club is a trip to the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday afternoon to take on a Stoke City side who still find themselves rooted inside the Championship relegation zone following their defeat at Cardiff on Tuesday.
Rovers will be looking to pick up just a third away win of the season when they take on the Potters, and will be hoping to have a side as close to full fitness with which to do that.
With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at all latest injury news coming out of Ewood Park in our latest injury round up.
Having been handed the right-back spot ahead of captain Elliott Bennett against Brentford, Nyambe found himself limping out of the win with cramp after with 12 minutes of normal time remaining.
If Nyambe is not fit, then Bennett will likely take his place in the XI on Saturday, just as he did from the bench against Brentford.
One regular starter to miss the win over Brentford was Sam Gallagher, marking just the second time this season the striker has failed to feature at all for Rovers in a league game.
Speaking after the game, Mowbray revealed that the 24-year-old had been kept out as a precaution due to a tight hamstring, which is set to be assessed ahead of the trip to Stoke.
Although not necessarily injured, Mowbray has revealed that he does have some concerns about the fitness of Stewart Downing heading into the clash with the Potters.
The 35-year-old played the full 90 minutes of Wednesday night’s clash at left-back, having previously come on for the final half-hour of the win over Barnsley, with Mowbray now contemplating whether or not he should push the veteran into action for the third time in the space of a week.
Like Downing, Mowbray also appears to have some concerns about Danny Graham ahead of the trip to Stoke.
The 34-year-old also played the final half-hour of the match with Barnsley, and started against Brentford in the absence of Gallagher, coming through 86 minutes of the clash with the Bees, with Mowbray also wondering about whether Graham is fresh enough to feature for a third time this week.
If neither Graham nor Gallagher make it, there is likely to be some concerns about whether Blackburn will be able to exploit the option of a target man on Saturday, somthing which has been effective for them with Graham in those last two games.
Having returned from international duty with the Republic of Ireland with a calf strain earlier this month, Derrick Williams is going to have to wait a little while longer for a return to action.
Although the defender is back in training, Mowbray has confirmed that the trip to Stoke will come too soon for Williams, but is hopeful that he could be in contention to feature when Rovers host Derby County at Ewood Park a week on Saturday.
One welcome bit of injury news that have Rovers received heading into the weekend, is the return to action of Ben Gladwin.
The midfielder hasn’t featured for Blackburn’s senior side since November 2017 due to a string of injuries, but picked up his playing time since then on Friday afternoon, playing the opening 45 minutes of that aforementioned Under 23s win over Burnley.
Gladwin was handed a new deal until January by the club when his old contract expired at the end of last season, in order to give him the chance to prove he is worthy of an extended stay at the club, with a run of Under 23s appearances he is now expected to be given likely to be crucial to him doing that.
While Rovers are not set to miss anyone through suspension against Stoke, there are three players who will be walking a tightrope at the Bet365 Stadium.
Elliott Bennett, Darragh Lenihan and Lewis Travis will all be suspended for that game at home to Derby if they pick up a yellow against the Potters, in what is the final game before the threshold for suspensions brought about by bookings is extended.
Derrick Williams is also one yellow away from suspension in the current period, although with the defender’s absence through injury already confirmed, that is not something he or the club will have to worry about on Saturday.